After God of War 3 blew us away with its amazing visuals, fluid gameplay and mindblowing boss fights, Sony's Santa Monica Studio quickly dampened our enthusiasm for Kratos and his violent endeavors with the far less impressive God of War: Ascension.
The lackluster installment was to God of War what Gears of War: Judgement was to its Xbox-exclusive counterpart, rushed cash-ins all around, an attempt to squeeze a fourth installment in to the PS3 and Xbox 360, respectively, before their successor consoles released.
Like the Killzone and Uncharted franchises however, God of War is too far important as a brand under the Sony umbrella to put to rest, and just as fans way for the inevitable film adaptation, so to do they wait for the next-gen PlayStation 4 version of God of War. Today, that obvious reality was made clear by Santa Monica Studio Creative Director Cory Barlog who confirmed that they are indeed developing a new God of War title.
In fact, we thought a God of War 4 reveal was a safe bet at E3 this summer although there was no news there. We even listed mythical beasts we wanted Kratos to battle in his next game. Whether the next game is titled God of War 4 or not remains to be seen, but the latest rumors seem to suggest that Santa Monica may be looking to reboot the franchise for the new generation PlayStation platform and newer gamers, especially since the first entry released almost a decade ago on the PS2.
IGN spoke with Barlog about the project and he indicated that the game is far out from release, teasing that we'd learn more about it in a "year or two." Interestingly enough, the property and the name Kratos popped up during Sony's Project Morpheus VR panel today as well where Sony Computer Entertainment boss Shuhei Yoshida talked about a first-person demo he tried where the player was Kratos.
Interested in an all-new God of War series launching with VR support? Whatever it ends up being nor not being, we're interested in seeing Kratos return, and not just as a special exclusive guest boss in Shovel Knight on PS4, PS3, and Vita (that was also announced today).
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